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PV Sindhu sails past He Bingjiao to enter Denmark Open Round 2

India Today logo India Today 20-10-2016

Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu sailed into the second round of Denmark Open on Wednesday after registering a comfortable victory over He Bingjiao of China.

World No. 8 Sindhu, who was playing her first match since her silver medal at the Rio Games in August, defeated world No. 11 Bingjiao 21-14, 21-19 in the opening match of the Super Series Premier badminton tournament.

Sindhu had a poor 1-3 record against Bingjiao going into the match but she kept her nerves and focus to clinch victory in straight games and setup a clash with Sayako Sato of Japan in the next round.

Sixth seed Sindhu has been clubbed in the second half of the draw where she might face the likes of second seed Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand, Korean fourth seed Sung Ji Hyun and the tricky Chinese Taipei girl Tai Tzu Ying, going ahead into the tournament.

With Saina Nehwal recovering from a knee injury that spoilt her Olympic campaign, all eyes are on Sindhu and the Indian is aware of the expectations.

"Olympics has given me a lot of confidence and with the same confidence I hope I would go further. Responsibilities will always be high from now on. It's just that I shouldn't take much of pressure and play my game. I just want to go to the court and give my 100 per cent," said Sindhu.

The girl from Hyderabad, who won two bronze medals at the World Championships, defeated three top players en route to her silver medal but interestingly her best performance at any Super Series tournament has been a runners-up finish at Denmark Open last year. (With PTI inputs)

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